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Introduction

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are driving a revolution in lighting systems due to their superior energy efficiency, and are already entering the Internet of Things (IoT) market with embedded sensory functionalities. By bringing connectivity to every LED bulb, Visible Light Communication (VLC) offers the opportunity to write the next chapter of the LED revolution with the language of ubiquitous networks.

With VLC networking still in its infancy, ENLIGHT’EM will take the unique opportunity to design IoT systems that leverage the low baseline energy consumption of LEDs to jointly deliver lighting and networked communication. ENLIGHT’EM will explore the emerging field of low-energy VLC systems for the IoT to design and demonstrate sustainable networking solutions.

Objectives

ENLIGHT’EM will train a new generation of innovators and provide them with the know-how to contribute to the development of the IoT in the world of 5G and beyond. Fifteen early stage researchers (ESRs) will evolve into leading-edge experts in a diverse array of sub-fields leading to the integration of low-energy VLC into the IoT. The ESRs will acquire and hone cutting-edge skills contributing to IoT areas such as connected energy, light, living and cities through a multidisciplinary network of experts from universities, research institutes, SMEs, and large companies.

Broader impact

These new technologies are designed for sustainable development, which is our approach towards providing economic added value in the society in line with the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

ENLIGHT’EM is the first project that takes the potential of LEDs as low-energy and sustainable illumination technology to the next level, unleashing its full possibilities for emerging IoT services while retaining its original strong advantages.

The training network of ENLIGHT’EM will prepare the next generation of talented European innovators, both for industrial and research positions, required to take full advantage of the technological opportunities of low-energy LED-based communication network systems.

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